COSTA MESA, Calif. The 2012 Vanguard women's soccer team broke yet another record on Monday morning, as four of its members were selected to the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America Team.
Never before has Lions' women's soccer placed four on the prestigious national list. Junior Jordan Davidson (Tucson, Ariz.) also made history, becoming the program's first-ever recipient of First Team All-America honors.
Seniors Amanda Couch (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Lauren Evans (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) were chosen for the NAIA Second Team and VU's sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Terry (Corona, Calif.) tabbed third team respects.
Just 39 players nationwide were voted on to the first, second and third teams.
Additionally, all four of the Pride's NAIA All-Americans were placed on the 2012 Women's Soccer All-Golden State Athletic Conference Team. Senior Rachel Rucireta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) also garnered All-GSAC recognition.
Davidson received GSAC Player of the Year, while Director of Soccer Randy Dodge was voted as the league's Coach of the Year following his squad's momentous 18-2-1 (10-0 GSAC) record-crushing season. Dodge previously received the award on the men's side in 2004 and 2010.
Davidson and Couch's statistical marks spoke for themselves, as Davidson led the GSAC in game-winning goals (8), points (46), points per game (2.30), goals (18), goals per game (.90), and came in second in shots (101), shots per game (5.05) and assists (10). Couch finished way out front as the GSAC leader in assists (14) and assists per game (.67), was third overall in points (32), fourth in points per contest (1.52) and tied for sixth in the league with nine goals on the year.
Rucireta was highly effective for the Lions in the midfield and on defense, while Evans ran one of the nation's best back lines, filling the center back position. Rucireta notched two goals and six assists in her senior campaign and Evans managed three assists for the Lions.
Terry led the GSAC in shutouts (9) and allowed just seven goals in 19 appearances. She boasted 15 wins in goal and closed out the season 15-0-1 after dropping her first two appearances, one of which was against then-No. 2 and eventual national champion Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 2-1.
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Three Lions' players, senior Jordan Cleary (Alta Loma, Calif.), senior Charlotte Wisniewski (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and senior Annamaria Tedeschi (Santa Rosa, Calif.), were selected as NAIA Scholar Athletes following the 2012 season. All three were also made the GSAC Scholar Athlete roll.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director for NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. 492 student-athletes nationwide made the NAIA cut this season.
2012 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes - PDF